Woo hoo, “Little Christmas” (aka feast of the Epiphany) is here and I am thrilled to have acquired a Nook tablet! It’s just about everything I wanted and more. And what did I want?
- An e-reader that was the size of a book instead of the size of a phone
- An e-reader that could accommodate my library of e-books (Nook and Google Books); I hadn’t bought anything for the Kindle app on my phone because the prices were better at Barnes & Noble)
- A tablet that was easy to use, giving me access to email and the web
- A device that would sync up with my iPhone and iTouch
- A device that interacts well with my PC
- A device that could borrow books from the library
I got that and even more.
I am so excited to have my Google e-books on a tablet, finally in a size that is easy to read. My library is small but growing, and I can grow it to 5000 books and more. And, I don’t have to make room in my house to accommodate them. 🙂
I look forward to the ease of reading at the gym while I work out. Tapping a page is so much easier than lifting a book to turn a page when you’re on the elliptical.
Reading a backlit screen is a godsend for me. Words no longer jump on the page. I can adjust the size of the type, the space between the lines and the brightness of the screen to suit my eyesight. Very cool. 🙂
Evernote, my “pen and paper” for taking notes, is available as an app on the Nook and syncs with all my mobile devices and my computer so that I always have my notes available to me.
I feel like I can now go anywhere at anytime and read in comfort, and take notes too. I can write blog posts on the fly with these tools.
Sure, all of this can be done with pen and paper (and for no money) but for me, it’s so much easier to type. The pen slows down the process; typing keeps up with my thoughts and sets them free.
I researched both the Nook and the Kindle and while I was attracted by the appearance of the Kindle, I decided to go with the Nook. A lot of it had to do with the fact that my e-book library was mostly for the Nook, but I also wanted an e-reader that would read PDF files and Google e-books. While the Kindle supports PDFs, it does not support any other e-book formats but its own.
The Nook was so easy to learn – just fooling around with it in the store showed me I could master it quickly.
My one complaint? The web browser. There are two important things it can’t do:
- WordPress’ dashboard (this is a WordPress blog) does not yet support touch screen technology and there is no WordPress app for the Nook. 😦 So I can’t update the blog from the Nook (except to do the text in Evernote and copy it over on the PC).
- You cannot copy and paste anything from the web. You can’t download pictures, copy URLs or grab a paragraph from a free book online. I do this all the time so this is a real drawback.
However, at $249, I can deal with these limitations. I couldn’t justify spending $500 or more for an iPad that does pretty much the same thing (and is bigger and heavier).
I still love the tactile book experience and will continue to collect books. However, I also love the convenience of the e-book and the lack of strain on my eyes.
Will it make me more efficient in reading and writing about Louisa and her books?
But I am certain of one thing: it will make this passion even more fun!
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